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Nelly Rapp – Monster agent

Amanda Adolfsson

Sweden, 2021 / 92 min / Voice Over DE / Adventure, comedy, family, fantasy

Nelly spends the autumn holidays in her uncle’s spooky mansion where she makes an unusual discovery: her uncle is a monster agent.

Nelly has her own special way of seeing things. Where others are spooked, she remains unfazed. Snooping around in Uncle Hannibal’s labyrinthine mansion, Nelly stumbles upon an incredible secret: her family has been keeping the peace between humans, zombies, vampires and other gruesome creatures for decades, as members of an international brigade of monster agents. Nelly wants to hunt monsters too, and proceeds to stir up a fair amount of dust. But what if she has been misled about who is actually responsible for fear and scariness? In this fantasy film based on Martin Widmark’s book series of the same name, pressure to conform turns out to be the true source of horror.

I’ve always been very fond of fairytales or storytelling that is a bit unrealistic. I really liked the idea that it was a world where monsters exist, living next to human beings, in like a parallel universe. We live together, but we don’t really know that they are monsters. A monster may work in the hotdog stand or live in that apartment next door.” - Director's statement, Amanda Adolfsson

“This whole film is about blending in, actually, or happily opting to stick out like a brutally severed thumb. With Nelly, even her hapless dad can't help but wonder if maybe she could – the horror, the horror – “pretend to be more like the others”, and it's a dilemma the “difficult” monsters are facing as well, not that anyone bothers to ask what they actually want. Not the broccoli, though – that much is painfully clear. This message of inclusivity and self-love plays rather well here, mostly because of the fun little titbits that take away most of the schmaltz – after all, Nelly's scaredy-cat dad still leaves her alone with someone named Uncle Hannibal for the whole autumn break, despite his propensity for dragging chained figures into his spooky mansion at night.”
- Marta Balaga, Cineuropa, 04/03/2021

 

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Awards
  • Guldbagge Award Best Costume Design, Guldbagge Awards, 2021 (Sweden)
  • Guldbagge Award Best Make-up, Guldbagge Awards, 2021 (Sweden)
  • Crystal Bear, Best Feature Film, Berlin International Film Festival, 2021 (Germany)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Matilda Gross, Lily Wahlsteen, Marianne Mörck, Johan Rheborg, Björn Gustafsson, Jens Ohlin
Screenplay 
based on the book “Nelly Rapp” by Martin Widmark & Christina Alvner
Cinematographer 
Gabriel Mkrttchian
Sound 
Jonas Jansson
Set 
Christian Olander
Music 
Uno Helmersson
Production 
SF Studios
Coproduction 
Film i Väst, Sveriges Television AB
Distribution 
In the Air
Biography

Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1979, Amanda Adolfsson graduated from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts with a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in film directing. She directed the short film Spending the Night which screened at the Berlinale in 2008, and co-wrote and directed her first feature film, Young Sophie Bell, which was released in Swedish cinemas in 2015. She also directed TV series including Bonus Family and Eagles as well as the crime series Bäckström. Nelly Rapp – Monsteragent is her second feature film.

Filmography
  • 2020 – Nelly Rapp - Monsteragent
  • 2019 – Bonusfamiljen (Bonus Family) (TV Series)
  • 2019 – Eagles (TV Series)
  • 2019 – Bäckström (TV Series)
  • 2014 – Unga Sophie Bell (Young Sophie Bell)
  • 2007 – Myskväll (Spending the Night) (short film)
  • 2006 – Stilla natt (Silent Night) (short film)
  • 2005 – Nära huden (Close to the Skin) (short film)